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Street Art Takes Center Stage In Miami City Ballet World Premiere

We first posted this story when "Heatscape" premiered in 2015. The 2019 performances run from February 22 through March 17 in Miami, Broward and West Palm Beach. You can get more information here

Justin Peck is one of the country’s most sought-after ballet choreographers. Shepard Fairey is one of the most famous street artists in the world. Peck is resident choreographer with New York City Ballet and lives in New York. Fairey lives in L.A. Their first collaboration is happening in West Palm Beach.

Miami City Ballet performs the world premiere of "Heatscape" on Friday, March 27, before taking it to Miami and Fort Lauderdale in April. To hear how it all came together listen to the story above.

And listen to an interview with Miami City Ballet's artistic director Lourdes Lopez here:

A conversation with MCB Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez.

Credit Courtesy of Shepard Fairey/Obey Giant Art
Shepard Fairey's Wynwood Walls mural in memory of developer and Wynwood visionary Tony Goldman was one of the pieces that inspired Justin Peck's new ballet, Heatscape. Fairey created the backdrop for the ballet.

Watch a preview of the ballet, performed amid the street art of Wynwood in Miami (Peck is the guy at the beginning, with the earbuds):

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Miami City Ballet dancers rehearse for the world premiere of Heatscape by choreographer Justin Peck.
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Justin Peck demonstrates a sequence from his new ballet, Heatscape, at Miami City Ballet.

Credit Courtesy of Shepard Fairey / Obey Giant Art
Obey Giant Art
A Shepard Fairey mandala in Miami's Design District. Andre the Giant's face in right there in the middle.

Justin Peck, Shepard Fairey and Miami City Ballet artistic director Lourdes Lopez discussed their collaboration at Guggenheim Museum in New York City in January. You can watch the whole thing here.

Alicia Zuckerman is Editorial Director at WLRN, where she edits narrative and investigative audio journalism. In 2020, she was named Editor of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists Florida chapter.
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